BHA to focus on whip use by horse insurance owners

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BHA to focus on whip use by horse insurance owners

Horse insurance owners have been told that during this week's Royal Ascot tournament all eyes will be on how jockeys use their whips.

This fundamental part of the sport has been hotly debated as to whether riders should be able to whip their animals to make them run quicker.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is carrying out a review into the matter at the moment.

Jamie Stier, director of race day operation and regulation at the BHA, told the BBC: "You have to embrace all the public opinion you can to assist you in positioning your sport. This is not about trying to satisfy a secular interest, it is about the good of racing.

"The parameters are very wide and nothing's been ruled in or ruled out."

Recently, Dane O'Neill was told he must face the BHA after being found guilty of using the whip excessively on Suhayl Star during a race at Kempton.

June 14th 2011

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